Dok­lam ten­sion ends with the with­drawal of In­dian troops

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In­dia has fi­nally with­drawn its troops from Dok­lam end­ing the ten­sions of weeks be­tween the two Asian giants. China Mon­day said that In­dia has with­drawn troops from a dis­puted Hi­malayan bor­der area, end­ing a tense stand-off last­ing weeks. The for­eign min­istry in Beijing said it was pleased that "tres­pass­ing In­dian per­son­nel have all pulled back to the In­dian side of the boundary", re­ported BBC. In­dia's for­eign min­istry con­firmed troops were "dis­en­gag­ing" at Dok­lam after agree­ment be­tween the coun­tries. The row be­gan in midJune when In­dia said it op­posed a Chi­nese at­tempt to ex­tend a bor­der road on the plateau. The ten­sion ended a week be­fore a visit to China by In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi. The plateau, which lies at a junction be­tween China, the north-east­ern In­dian state of Sikkim and the Hi­malayan king­dom of Bhutan, is dis­puted be­tween Beijing and Bhutan. In­dia had sent its troops to support Bhutan. Ear­lier, China made clear it would "con­tinue its sovereignty rights" in the area. For­eign min­istry spokes­woman Hua Chun­y­ing said Chi­nese troops had ver­i­fied on ground that In­dian per­son­nel had with­drawn Mon­day morn­ing. Chi­nese state me­dia in­ter­preted the with­drawal of In­dian troops from Dok­lam as a clear win, re­fer­ring to In­dian troops as "tres­pass­ing". With the end of ten­sion, risk of war be­tween In­dia and China has ended for now.

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